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Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Chad Dow   Eastern Propane & Oil
2 1   Jimmy Blewett   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew / Dunleavy’s / AJ Romano;s Const.
4 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / Mosquito Free / USNE
5 6   Ryan Preece   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   Jeff Preece   TS Hauler
6 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
7 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Buffalo Auto Auction
8 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
9 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   Steven Kopuk   15-40 Connection
10 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   Starrett
11 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood
12 20   Max Zachem   Ken Zachem Chevrolet   Ken Zachem   MP2 Motorsports / Lu-Mac’s
13 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Michael Bologna   Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling
14 22   Kyle Bonsignore   Kyle Bonsignore Chevrolet   Bobby Foley   Chalew Performance
15 23   Joe DeGracia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Jimmy Zacharias   PJ DeGracia Contracting
16 24   Andrew Krause   Diane Krause Toyota   John Cooke   Supreme Manufacturing
17 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Stash Butova   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
18 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscapin Supply / TRC Electric
19 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
20 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
21 38   Manny Dias   Linda Rodebaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
22 44   Bobby Santos III   Sully Tinio Chevrolet   Bob Santos   Sully Tinio / Olivas Market
23 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
24 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
25 54   Tommy Catalano   David Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
26 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
27 63   Austin Pickens   Steve Pickens Chevrolet   Jeff Dominck   Site One Greenbrier
28 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
29 66   Shawn Solomito   Jerry Solomito Chevrolet   TBA   Triple A Consultant / Natural Design Concepts
30 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Nick Walsh   Dawley’s Collision & Custom
31 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
32 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
33 82   Woody Pitkat   Pamela Hulse Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
34 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuart’s Automotive
35 89   Matt Swanson   John Swanson Ford   John Swanson   Starrett
#24 Andrew Krause has withdrawn


PIT BOX: Justin Bonsignore Looks To Continue Sizzling Start

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Points Leader Looks For First Stafford Win

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour roll into Stafford Motor Speedway for the 47th Annual Spring Sizzler at the historic Connecticut oval Sunday. And we’ll have a new winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this weekend, as the series heads to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for a Saturday night showcase.



Justin Bonsignore and Jon McKennedy have shown, in the first two races of the season, they’re championship contenders after offseason changes. Now the tour heads to Stafford, and a host of drivers are looking to join the fray.

Bonsignore took advantage of a late-race fuel miscue by McKennedy to score the win at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He’ll take the points lead to Stafford, where he has just 10 top fives in 31 races there and yet to win.

Among the drivers looking for a breakthrough: Craig Lutz and Chase Dowling each opened the season with back-to-back top 10s and sit just eight poins behind Bonsingore.

Doug Coby leads active drivers with 10 tour wins in 51 races at Stafford, and will look to get his season back on track in his chase for a sixth NASCAR title. Defending Sizzler winner Ryan Preece has seven wins and is coming off an impressive victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Stafford

Bobby Santos III is the last driver to win back-to-back Spring Sizzlers (2013 and 2014).


PLACE Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway
DATE Sunday, April 29
TIME 3:15 p.m. ET (approx.)
TRACK LAYOUT Half-mile oval
2017 WINNER Ryan Preece
2017 POLE Doug Coby
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday— Garage opens: 8:15 a.m. ET; Practice: 11-11:45 a.m.; Final Practice: 12:20-1 p.m.; Group qualifying: 2:30 p.m.

Sunday — Garage opens: 9:30 a.m.; Driver autograph session (on track): 11-11:50 a.m.; NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200: 3:15 p.m. (approx.)

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 33 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 27 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 27th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 will be 200 laps (100 miles). Maximum of three (3) crew members permitted over the wall at any time during the event. Teams may only change one (1) tire on a single pit stop. Teams will be permitted to swap/move tire locations.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

Goodale Makes Move When It Counts

Late Pass Of Preece Gives Him Third Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win

STAFFORD, Conn. — Coming from the 18th position, Eric Goodale knew it would take a stout car for him to travel to the front in Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

When it came down to the final laps, Goodale had the car he needed to get the job done. The Riverhead, New York, driver scored his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win by passing Ryan Preece with just three laps remaining. The victory was his first at the half-mile oval.

“Stafford is one of those places that you dream of winning at when you’re a little kid,” Goodale said. “I came up here and watched races when I was a kid. To be here and finally win a race, we have so many races under our belt here and we have come close here so many times. It feels good to finally seal the deal.”

Goodale’s run to the front of the field after his qualifying effort was not an easy one. He maneuvered his way to the front and was working the back bumper of Preece for the race lead in lapped traffic when a caution at Lap 111 set up the final pit stops of the day. Goodale’s team went to work to help get him out at the front.

He took the lead from Lap 120-125, but then lost it and had to follow Preece in the final circuits. A late move to the bottom of Turn Four got him the lead with just three laps to g and he never looked back.

Goodale beat Preece to the line by 0.389 seconds. Preece came up one spot short of sweeping the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford. He led a race-high 115 laps. Ron Silk finished third, while Chase Dowling and Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Doug Coby, Bobby Santos, Craig Lutz and Kyle Bonsignore.

With just one race left on the schedule, four-time champion Coby has a 10 point lead over Justin Bonsingore in the championship standings. Solomito is third, 12 markers back, while Preece is fourth, 19 back from the lead.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track on Sunday Oct. 15 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where the 2017 champion will be crowned.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NAPA Fall Final 150 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (18) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 72.855 mph.
  2. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (8) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (4) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 1556b 0.
  6. (15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (10) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (17) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (6) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (13) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (9) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (27) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (7) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
  15. (23) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (20) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (19) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 148.
  18. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
  19. (11) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 147.
  20. (22) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 145.
  21. (24) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 144.
  22. (25) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 143.
  23. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 141.
  24. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, right front.
  25. (14) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 127, rear end.
  26. (26) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 74, clutch.
  27. (16) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 52, fuel pump.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 1 minute 46 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.389 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (97.229 mph, 18.513 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-115; E. Goodale 116; R. Williams 117-119; E. Goodale 120-125; R.

Preece 126-146; E. Goodale 147-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 563; 2. J. Bonsignore, 553; 3. T. Solomito, 551; 4. R. Preece,

544; 5. E. Goodale, 538; 6. R. Pennink, 530; 7. D. Sapienza, 475; 8. M. Swanson, 454; 9.

  1. Summers, 442; 10. C. Lutz, 404.